Place and Re-Place

October 15th 2021-January 15th 2022


The Branigan Cultural Center is pleased to announce Place and Re-Place: Las Cruces Urban Renewal, 1960–1975, a new exhibition that provides a multi-faceted examination of the urban renewal efforts in Las Cruces that dramatically changed the nature of its downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. It was curated by Jennifer Olguin and Dylan McDonald of the NMSU Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Place and Re-Place focuses on the urban renewal efforts in Las Cruces during the 1960s and 1970s that saw city and business leaders dramatically change the nature of the city’s downtown. Like many U.S. cities during the time, Las Cruces attempted to turn around the fading economic prominence and deteriorating built environment of its urban core; however, this redevelopment came at the cost of the city’s culture and history. This exhibition makes use of collections from the NMSU Library, Archives, and Special Collections. The materials include Las Cruces Urban Renewal Agency records, oral histories, moving images, and photographs to tell the story of civic identity, historic preservation, class tensions, and public engagement during this important period.



black and white photo graph of an old building covered in graffiti.